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(en) Canada, Strike! #1 (Ontario Edition) - Stop Deportation - by Wesley + Municipal Policy Proposal:

Date Thu, 30 Jun 2005 09:56:57 +0300

This May Immigration Canada passed down
their decision to reject Wendy Maxwell Edwards'
(AKA Queen Nzinga) application for permanent
residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate
Grounds. Our fine sister Nzinga was deported in
March, while her application was still pending. It
is nothing new that arbitrary bad faith, absurdity,
and repression accompany the regulation of the
movement of people by states, particularly at
borders. Toronto Police snatched her during events
f o r International Women's Day at Ryerson
University, before deporting her nine days later.
Nzinga's case gives us insight into some of the
particularities of the on-going struggles for free
movement, in her own words, "I knew it could
happen but I never thought it would have happened
on International Women's Day. It happening on this
day made my arrest a very special event. However
tortuous, it brought to the forefront the situation of
non-status people in Canada."
Canada's practice of deporting people whose
applications are still pending has many critics. The
UN Committee Against Torture has highlighted
the highly political nature of decisions rendered in
these cases, as has Nzinga, who writes that her ex-
perience, "leads me to believe that the decisions
made at Canada Immigration level are anything but
Municipal Policy Proposal:

T h i s affects the poorest
s e c t i o n s of the Toronto
w o r k i n g class, a group of
people whose labour builds and runs
Toronto, but who, by threat of deportation,
cannot access the basic services that people with status
take for granted, like healthcare, education, access to
shelters, etc... LET'S GET THIS POLICY PASSED!
· don't ask: city workers and application should not
require information regarding immigration status
... don't tell: city employees
would be barred from sharing
t h e immigration status of
those accessing city services
with federal and provincial
enforcement agencies
... an affirmation that city services
be accessible to all city residents, regardless of
immigration status
... municipal funds, resources, and workers would
not be used to enforce federal or provincial immi-
gration laws
Strike! Volume 1, Issue#1 July 2005 (Ontario Edition) - Anarchist News and Commentary

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